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Sandra Scott Travels: Several Caribbean Islands Await Visitors

Haiti Indigo

Haiti Indigo

Last week I asked: What Caribbean Islands were undamaged in the recent hurricanes?

There are several.

The recent hurricane season has been extremely disastrous on the islands of the Caribbean.

Turquois Bay
Turquois Bay

But there were some that did not suffer any damage.

Undamaged Islands still suffer from association with potential travelers thinking the entire Caribbean was destroyed.

Keep in mind that the best deals are in the off season or at the beginning and end of high season.

Often the best deal is a package that includes airfare.

1. Roatan: The largest and most popular of the Honduran Bay Islands has long been popular with divers but there are a variety of accommodations from live-aboard dive boats to all-inclusive resorts. Roatan along with its two sister islands – Utila and Guanaja – are located on the second largest barrier reef.

Dive right in
Dive right in

2. Caymans: The Caymans are a British Overseas Territory made up of three islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman, the largest island, is known for its beach resorts and varied scuba diving and snorkeling sites. A great place to pet a ray.

The pink salt flats
The pink salt flats

3. Bonaire: The island is part of the Netherlands and out of the hurricane zone so any time of year to visit is great. It is known for great diving with some sites that can be accessed by just walking into the water. The pink salt flats are unique as is the donkey rescue center.

Haiti Indigo
Haiti Indigo

4. Haiti: Haiti could benefit from tourism money as it is still trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake but most of Haiti’s resorts and landmarks such as the Citadel and ruins of Sans-Souci, once the royal palace of Haiti’s 19th century King Henry I. There are great beaches.

cocoa
cocoa

5. St. Lucia: The name may conjure up romance but there is also adventure. Not to miss is the Diamond Botanical Gardens to learn about how cocoa is grown and processed into chocolate. Plan to visit the waterfalls that has been featured in several movies. The island is a favorite stop for yacht owners.

6. Jamaica: The island is a favorite destination for those looking for reasonable places to stay especially at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. Montego Bay has British-colonial architecture and the capital of Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum. Dunn’s River Falls is a must-do.

A kiss on the check
A kiss on the check

7. Curacao: The Dutch island is out of the hurricane belt and known for its beaches tucked into coves and its large coral reefs. The capital, Willemstad is picture perfect with pastel-colored colonial architecture. Onshore access to the reefs makes it popular with snorkelers and divers.

8. Barbados: The eastern Caribbean island is part of the British Commonwealth where afternoon tea and cricket are still local traditions. Don’t miss the Jacobean-style St. Nicholas Abbey. The mansion is one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean. A do-not miss is Animal Flower Cave with pools deep enough to swim in.

9. Grenada: The smell will tell you why Grenada is called the “Spice Isle.” There are several nutmeg plantations to visit. The capital of St. George has Georgian buildings and an 18th century fort, and, of course, resorts and beaches. Check out the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

10. Trinidad and Tobago: The two-island nation is off the coast of Venezuela and is known for its distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. The smaller island of Tobago is known for its beaches and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve which shelters hummingbirds. There are daily flights and ferries connection the two islands.

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Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!